Dear Mr Berners-Lee,
Does the WWW have a warranty? It appears to be broken and in need of repair.
What we all liked about the web was its open, standards based decentralisation and its interoperability. It was amazing, thank you. However, it has been high jacked.
The web has gone the same way as the high street. For Starbucks, where the coffee makes you shudder, for M&S that renders us similarly beige and for Tesco those tyrants of spurious choice, read Facebook that reduces me to Liking things, read Google that narrows my world (yes, narrows) and Amazon that crushes new talent.
Can we turn it off and on again? Better still, can we uprade it? We are after all, used to doing that for everything else. How about we add some new standard features that anyone can implement, you know, like email (which is a tyrant, but not owned by anyone) or SMS which can get to me anywhere on this wonderful planet. So how about we standardise:
Willingness to buy
and open up services:
and let people invent services around that lot.
I am sure we could dream up many more so we can innovate, evolve and conduct an infinite culture, you know like actual people. Some new services may be national, others regional and some still global. I’d like what we’ve learned from the few who dominate, who have identified de facto standards, to be re engineered into the web itself as formal standards and no longer owned by any one company.
I hate everything being the damn same. All my coffee cups are different. Perhaps that’s just me.